Electoral Commission enlists Snapchat app to encourage young voters

The Electoral Commission has partnered up with social media app Snapchat in an attempt to prompt young voters to register for the local government elections.

City of London invests in public WiFi

The City of London Corporation has today announced a deal to deliver a free, public access WiFi network, offering internet access anywhere within the Square Mile.

New motor racing legislation announced to boost English tourism

The Department for Transport has announced new laws which will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England, as part of a wider aim to boost English tourism.

DCMS to introduce device to block nuisance calls to elderly

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has declared that the elderly and vulnerable, including dementia sufferers, are to be given hi-tech devices which block all nuisance calls.

DfT introduces new minibuses to improve rural mobility

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that community groups across the country have been awarded funding to buy new minibuses to help keep people on the move.

Councils should consider providing free condoms to reduce STIs, says NICE

New guidance from NICE recommended that condoms should be more widely available to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Powys Council delays waste collection changes

Powys County Council has announced that plans to revise collection rounds for recycling and waste have been put on hold.

Success of parking fine appeals dependent on council, figures show

Data collated via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by the Press Association has indicated that the chances of successfully challenging parking fines varies widely depending on where drivers get a ticket.

59 per cent of population experience issues with broadband, survey finds

A new Which? survey has found that 59 per cent of households (16 million people) across England experienced some kind of problem with their home internet connection in the last year.

Scrap council licensing committees, MPs say

A report conducted by the House of Lords Select Committee has concluded that the government made a ‘substantial error’ in creating new committees for local authorities to deal with licensing.

Brexit: ‘No deal better than bad deal’ unsubstantiated, MPs say

The cross-party Exiting the EU Committee has published a report warning that the government’s assertion that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, is unsubstantiated.

 Sunderland CC finishes transfer of children’s services

Sunderland City Council has completed the transfer of its children’s services to a new company, after it received an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted back in July 2015.

Brexit must lead to legislative freedom for councils, LGA says

The Local Government Association (LGA) has advised that Brexit must lead to ‘new legislative freedoms and flexibilities’ for councils, in a response to the Great Repeal Bill.

North East Lincolnshire Council purchases listed building for £1

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has reached an agreement with CPG Investments Ltd to purchase the listed Silo building at Victoria Mill for a nominal sum of £1 to bring the listed building into public ownership.

North Yorkshire CC libraries to run by community

21 libraries in North Yorkshire are set to be run directly by volunteers after the local authority’s library service has seen its budget cut from £7.8 million in 2010 to £4.3 million in 2017/18.

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